On Friday in Dubai, Irish featherweight Davey Oliver Joyce (10-0, 8 KO) kept his unbeaten record, stopping Scotland’s Stephen Tiffney in the seventh round. After that win, the 32-year-old Joyce says he’s ready to keep moving forward, and believes he can compete with the best at 126.
“A lot of people see where my pedigree is, and I know I can mix it with the best. To all of the featherweights out there in England and Ireland, I’m in town now,” Joyce said.
“I boxed Oscar Valdez as an amateur in 2009, and I’ve mixed it with Carl Frampton, too. They all know I can compete with the top level boxers at featherweight.”
It’s worth noting that Valdez, now the WBO titleholder, was 17 years old in 2009, and obviously far from the fighter he is today.
But with Joyce aligned with MTK Global, who are working with Top Rank and ESPN for U.S. fights, that’s a fight that could potentially be made down the line, and Frampton just signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank, too. So Joyce is someone you should keep in mind as an opponent for either of those guys.